I took Ada back to the doctor today. Her throat is still infected, worse than before. We had to miss homeschool co-op because she was awake all night with a fever yet again.
Rosie is as grumpy as she’s probably ever been in her life! Her nose is still stuffy, which is unusual for her. Must be an extra crappy cold.
Ada still acts cheerful, despite being sick and never sleeping.
Here she is on her bird watching perch this morning. Her shirt is off because she spilled grits all over it a few minutes prior to this picture. They are also all over her pants, but those hadn’t been ripped off yet…
We’ve had one small bit of spring cheer. My grandma brought us some bird seed cakes and a big metal hook to hang them on.
My grandpa, who just died in October, loved bird watching. I used to watch birds with him in their backyard all the time as a kid. A few months before he died he gave us his bird books, three of them. Special memories.
We haven’t ever had any luck with bird feeders at our house here before because the squirrels always monopolize the whole thing and scare the birds away. Rosie recently saw an episode of Curious George where they feed the squirrels peanuts in the shell, so she decided maybe if we feed the squirrels every day then they will leave the bird seed alone.
Wouldn’t you know, it seems to be working! Rosie has named the squirrels and now feeds them a handful of peanuts every day. Well she actually thinks there’s just one squirrel and she’s named him Cyril. I’m not sure if it’s one squirrel or several that look alike. Anyway, she sets out a pile for them, then returns throughout the day to count the peanuts to see how many the squirrels have eaten. We now have very happy squirrels in our yard. Or one very happy squirrel named Cyril. Happy at least until my cat Andora beheads and eats it. That will be a traumatic day.
The squirrel(s) haven’t bothered the bird seed any longer!
Today the girls spent every hour we were home glued to the window. This morning every time a bird would land they would scream with excitement. Finally I convinced them (and by them I mostly mean Ada) that this was scaring the birds away.
We saw three different types of bird today, which is a lot considering it’s still freezing cold outside. The first type of bird I didn’t ID.
Rosie didn’t see that bird, so I didn’t look it up. It only stayed for a split second, I could barely even get a look at it!
The second visitor was a black capped chickadee. We saw two together at one point, but usually just one came at a time. Our bird book told us that they live here year round, and that when they fly they look like they are riding waves in the air so you can always pick them out in the sky based on their unique flight pattern. We were able to easily see them flying way off in the distance after learning that fact!
We also read that chickadees like to fly up, take one seed, then fly up to the top of a tree to eat it in a safe place. That explained why the chickadee kept coming and going quickly!
I took these pictures through my living room window.
This afternoon we saw a bird I’ve actually never seen before. It took us a few minutes of looking through the bird books to ID it.
It’s a tufted titmouse!
The bird books told us that the tufted titmouse means “small bird” and the like to hunt with black capped chickadees! They don’t migrate, they stay here year round like the chickadees. I wonder why I’ve never seen one before. Maybe I just never noticed.
The tufted titmouse is very inquisitive. When it heard Ada it climbed down on the ground and peered up at us in the window and peeped hello. Apparently they will also take fur from a sleeping cat to use in their nests. That would be a funny sight to see.
We were also able to hear both of the bird calls. The tufted titmouse says, “Peter, peter, peter, peter!” We’ve been hearing that one a lot first thing in the morning and never knew what bird it was.
Tomorrow, if Rosie is less grumpy, we’re going to draw and water color the birds we’ve seen out front in our nature notebooks. Rosie is keeping a check list of them in one of the bird reference books.
I’ve been trying to get Rosie interested in The Burgess Bird Book, but so far she’s been bored by it. I was hoping to read through it with her this spring. Hopefully this bird feeder will make it more exciting to her. It’s a fictional story about a bird couple, but it has true bird facts in it. It’s a very good book!
I am so incredibly ready for nice weather. Despite being sunny today it was only 35 degrees out. I keep checking the 10 day forecast hoping for something good, but all I see is a lot of rain and 40’s-50’s for temps. Depressing.
I can’t start a bunch of seeds right now because I don’t know if we’re going to move or not. I guess if we don’t move I will just buy started plants from the Amish later in the season. More expensive and sort of less fun, but not a terrible option.
I am going to do a few 2 liter green houses with the girls if we are ever well enough to plant them.
Some early flowers are starting to sprout outside despite the cool, wet weather.
Maybe one day it will actually be warm out, and we’ll have some kind of plan for moving, and we’ll no longer be stuck in this germ filled limbo land.